Top 10 Highest Grossing Horror Films of 1980s that ruled the Domestic Box officeRasu (Author) Published Date : Aug 30, 2018 18:45 ET
Horror Films though has a respective audience with a huge fan base, the market for those films are limited comparing to the other fantasy and superhero films. US box office always sees an upward trend for the films that have positive reviews irrespective of the genre. Early 80’s is where the horror films started projecting its market to a new level and now let’s see the top 10 highest grossing films of the Horror genre in the 80’s period at the domestic box office.
10. Pet Sematary (1989)
The movie shows a home with a young family that deals with the tragedy happening at the home which has an undeniable secret of the power of life after death. The film grossed $57,469,467 releasing in 1585 theatres across the United States and didn’t have an international release.
9. Predator (1987)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s one of the all-time blockbuster films made a worldwide sensation during the release. It is a sci-fi thriller film which shows an alien creature in a forest that kills anyone who enters the forest and the battle between Schwarzenegger and the Predator builds the story. The movie had a wide release in over 1623 theatres and earned $59,735,548 in the US Box office and a worldwide collection of more than $98 million.
8. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
It is a Comedy Horror film with 3 single women in a village who meet a man of mystery that allows them to get whatever they wish. The movie is still an all-time favourite for comedy horror lovers and it grossed $63,766,510 with the released 1337 theatres in the US alone.
7. Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetle juice is different comedy fantasy film which shows in the perspective of a ghost couple who hire another ghost to get rid of the humans who enter the vacant home. Releasing in 1582 theatres in the US, the movie collected $73,707,461 and didn’t have a worldwide release.
6. Poltergeist (1982)
One of the terrifying horror thrillers of all-time that scares even after years of the making is Poltergeist. The film remains as a template for horror films for upcoming films of the genre. The movie made $76,606,280 domestically in the released 1060 theatres.
5. The Golden Child (1986)
Probably one film which doesn’t fit comfortably under the horror tag but makes it here due to the plot is The Golden Child. It follows the story of a detective finding a special kid who is needed to be eliminated by dark forces. The movie was an entertaining stuff for the audience which released in 1714 theatres and made $79,817,937 at the US box office.
4. Aliens (1986)
The Sci-fi Adventure film released with a huge reception among the audience worldwide dealing with the plot of Man vs Alien following in a rescue mission. It collected $85,160,248 in the released 1437 theatres in the US and a worldwide collection of huge $131 million.
3. Ghostbusters II (1989)
The sequel of the Ghostbusters film is a hit along with the first part, though action comedy film couldn’t go near to the record set by the previous film and collected $112,494,738 domestically with 2410 theatres making more than $215 million globally.
2. Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins is a comedy fantasy horror that shows the unleashing of monsters in a town and the spooky funny things happening in the town. The sequel was an utter failure while this movie made $153,083,102 in the US box office in 1511 theatres.
1. Ghostbusters (1984)
The first film which got such a reception making record-breaking collections is the first part in the Ghostbusters franchise and emerged as the first film of this genre to make high box office numbers. The film released in just 1339 theatres in the US and made a huge $242,212,467 with a worldwide box office of around $295 million.
Top 10 Highest Grossing Horror Films of 1980s that ruled the Domestic Box office